As a researcher, I read a number of different articles and publications each week related to sustainability, leadership, community engagement, public participation, leisure, tourism, and recreation. My sources are varied, so I utilize my critical thinking skills to ensure that I don’t believe everything I read. At the same time, I think it’s extremely important […]
Two weeks ago, I introduced the topic of Corporate Social Responsibility. This week’s post digs deeper into defining CSR and exploring its benefits and critiques in a broad context while future posts will focus on the application of CSR in various contexts while exploring some best practices from around the world and down the street. By first building a strong understanding of what CSR is, we can then explore what CSR can be.
This research project was an exploratory study of local Vancouver Island tourism participation and its relationship to quality of life for Vancouver Island residents. Examining sustainable leisure management from the perspective of how residents utilize and enjoy products and services deemed for tourists creates the opportunity for an enhanced understanding of the tourism industry on Vancouver Island. Linking that understanding to the study of quality of life for residents provides a more collaborative and innovative approach to how stakeholders can develop and market tourism to the benefit of the people that live, work, and play on Vancouver Island.
Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is by no means a new concept but the term is one that is gaining ground as the global economy shifts towards sustainable business models. A simple online search reveals an abundance of information on the topic ranging from academic articles, news articles, organizational plans, and general information defining CSR and its benefits.
A few weeks ago, I received the following email invitation: Dear Laurel, On behalf of the Campbell River Economic Development Corporation and Simon Fraser University Public Square, we invite you to join us in a local conversation about British Columbia’s economic future. Please find a one page event description attached. Tuesday, July 30th, 2013 from […]
Last weekend, my friend and I went on a little central island getaway with the goal of exploring new areas, a sort of bucket list trip.
Tourism, recreation, and leisure – my life as a Sociable Scientist.
One of the things I enjoy most about choosing tourism, recreation, and leisure as my career direction is that the fun things I do when I’m not working very much relate to the fun things I do when I am working.
With beautiful weather in store for BC this Canada Day weekend the opportunities to get Sociable celebrating our wonderful country are abundant. Whether you have a Canada Day tradition or, like me, you mix it up each year, the weekend is always filled with good people, good food, and good times. In no particular order, here are some of my top-of-mind Canada Day memories:
Last weekend, The Sociable Scientists attended Connect V.I. in Nanaimo. This gathering of young professionals and guests shared ideas, inspiration, and good times for the purposes of connecting, engaging, and leading. I love a good conference and the Young Professionals of Nanaimo hosted a great meet & mix at the Nanaimo Museum on Friday evening, lots of learning on Saturday, and followed it up with a downtown scavenger hunt and gala event to round it all out.
This week, hundreds of Vancouver Island University students crossed the stage and became graduates. Sitting in Nanaimo’s Port Theatre, I was filled with pride and joy for the many friends and colleagues sitting on stage and in the audience. A thought that frequently crosses my mind was only exemplified during the ceremony: “I am so incredibly happy that I chose to attend VIU”.
Have you ever moved to a new town or city? I know a lot of people who have relocated numerous times since their high school days. I’m one of those people. I joined Katimavik, a federal volunteer program for youth between the ages of 17 and 21, in 1996 after graduating from Hillcrest High School in Thunder Bay, Ontario. As a part of the Katimavik experience, I lived in Northwest River, Labrador, then St Mary’s, Ontario, then onto Mont Joli, Quebec. From day one, I was living with eleven people so I had the built in comfort of knowing someone in each new community before I even arrived. But I also met a lot of amazing residents of those towns; people who were contributing to the overall well being of their communities through leisure, volunteerism, spirit, and general kindheartedness. My Katimavik group worked with trail restoration projects, arts festivals, recycling facilities, conservation authorities, botanical gardens, heritage projects, and school groups. Residents opened up their homes and their hearts to us, and in turn I felt very much a part of the communities in which I lived.
I was pumped when I saw an advertisement in the paper for a contest to win tickets to Simon Sinek’s upcoming Start with Why presentation March 18, 2013 at the Port Theatre in Nanaimo, plus dinner for two at ACME Food Co and Simon’s book!